June 12, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
SEASON WRAP-UP: Stanford Men's Volleyball program ended its 2006 campaign with a 4-24 overall record, including a 2-20 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). The MPSF was again the strongest conference in the country, with conference member UCLA winning the NCAA National Championship after barely qualifying for the conference tournament with a 7th place finish in regular conference play.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Senior opposite Ben Reddy led the Cardinal offensively in his final campaign on The Farm. Reddy led the squad in total kills (444), kills per game (4.77), service aces (41) and service aces per game (.44). Senior setter Jeremy Jacobs led the team in total assists (659) and assists per game (9.98). Middle blockers Chris Ahlfeldt and Matt Ceran led the team defensively at the net, with Ahlfeldt leading the team in total blocks (64), while Ceran led the squad in blocks per game (.79). Junior libero Brian Lindberg was the defensive leader in total digs (165) and digs per game (1.90).
CAREER LEADERS: Ben Reddy adds his name to the Stanford All-Time Record Book in numerous categories after his strong senior campaign. Reddy ranks #1 in single season aces with 41 (2006), #3 (tied) for single season aces per game at .44 (2006), #5 for career aces per game at .295, #8 for career aces with 79, and #12 for career kills with 1,016.
COACHING CHANGE: The 2006 season marked the conclusion of Head Coach Don Shaw's distinguished coaching career on The Farm. Don Shaw concluded his 26-year tenure at Stanford University as one of the top coaches in collegiate volleyball history, having been the head coach for both the women and men's programs at Stanford. Coach Shaw led his teams to four national titles, 10 conference titles, and a .773 winning percentage. He has been honored twice as the National Coach of the Year, three times as the Regional Coach of the Year and four times as the Conference Coach of the Year.
Long-time Associate Head Coach John Kosty will assume the reigns for the program effective May 2006. Kosty has been with the men's program for 16 seasons, including during the National Championship run in 1997.